Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Point of No Return

Title: Point of No Return
Author: Mandy M. Roth
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
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ISBN: 978-1-60504-999-1
Genre: [M/F] Shapeshifter Futuristic
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Nina Janelle is a strong-willed woman and, as head of the Sargaidia guards, is accustomed to the men under her command to follow her orders to the letter. That goes the same for the men who intermittently occupy her bed. When her panther shifter mating cycle kicks into high gear, Nina’s need to have her sexual needs slated nearly consumes her and requires increasingly greater of men to keep her sane. The only man whose touch soothes her is the man that sets her teeth on edge of the most, Commission Officer Jordan Vasil.

While she denies his touch, he too suffers from ever worsening lust. Unfortunately for them both, she’d rather kill Jordan than allow him to give her the sexual release they both need to maintain their sanity. Until the day arrives when Nina’s in so much pain, she succumbs and allows his touch.

Determined to find her missing twin brother, Nina and Jordan set out on a shuttle mission putting them in close proximity that further threatens their control. When an unexpected explosion cripples their ship, they have to work together, or they could both end up dead.

Point of No Return is the third release in Mandy M. Roth’s ongoing series Project Exorcism and it takes up a few months after the last book left off. The story begins in Jordan’s point of view, the author giving the readers a good insight into the man and how much he cares for Nina. I like this guy--he’s loyal to his family and friends, and is responsible and caring. I can’t say the same for Nina—her I didn’t care for too much. Despite knowing what she needed to do to get through her mating cycle, she stubbornly refused Jordan, instead insisting she could handle it, when she and everyone else around her knew it would ultimately led to insanity. That’s just too over-the-top obstinate and annoying by my way of thinking, and she wasn’t nice to anyone around her.

The secondary characters from previous releases played only small parts in this short novella, but they did give the over all story a good sense of continuity and family. I’m curious as to see where this series goes with the next release.

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